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FAS Partnership and Coca-Cola Institute brings clean water to bordering on the Amazon

30 of October of 2019 - With prayer and fireworks, community bordering Vila Darcy, in Maués, They celebrated the arrival of "good water" in house taps. Technology for solar energy was possible with participation of the Institute Avina and WTT

Photo: June Matos / A Review

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Until two weeks ago, the inhabitants of the village community took Darcy river water to drink, bathing and making food, alternating with rainwater. In last Tuesday (22), local residents, situated on the banks of the Rio Parauari, in Maués, distant 750 kilometers from Manaus, debuted ten plates solar responsible for supplying drinking water at least 42 houses of riverside families, living in the State Forest Maués, one of the Amazon Conservation Unit.

The clean energy that moves from satellites 1960 It was chosen by the program “Water + Access” – conducted by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and the Instituto Coca-Cola Brazil – as one of three models used to bring clean water 15 Amazon communities, that are served by the project since 2017. No Amazon, the program enabled access and treatment of drinking water for 3.733 pessoas de 30 riverside communities in nine municipalities.

The inauguration

Celebrated by more than 80 Community with fireworks amid the dusk, the opening interrupted the football tournament that shook the field in front of the plates. The ceremony lasted less than 15 minutes, a sigh compared to two months in which the community worked to erect the structure that captures, stores and distributes water over a network 600 square meters of pipeline.

Besides the main water tanks over 2 one thousand liters, each family built a stand for storing drinking water in the backyard. "It is the counterpart. They come with technology, we went with the popular wisdom ", says Ronaldo da Silva, President of the community. Applause after the final speech signaled approval of the talks leadership.

With over R $ 620 thousand invested by Coca-Cola Brazil Institute, the Water program + Access has benefited over two thousand people in two years of operation. Managed by FAS, investment multiplies the quality of life in protected areas in protected areas (UC’s). "Before walking with three cheinhos buckets of water caught in the river. Only way to survive ", says Maria Barbosa, that in two decades has put the bucket on one of the shoulders 14 thousand times, considering two trips a day.

Relief to residents

Greatest ally bordering the past four decades, the constant use of the bucket in the village's days are numbered, as well as the lack of running water in the houses. It is expected that in the next fifteen days every family to finish the implementation of the taps. Completing the final step, it only remains to keep running the historical fact, the average cost of R $ 8 per month, which is intended to maintain the plates in the event of unforeseen. "It was tough, but the dream was realized. I worked painting and placing the timber for water tanks and just thinking that I will not draw water from the river to drink, give me a relief ", says the farmer John Smith.

Professor Marcilio Dias points out that during the lessons of science and biology, students were confused when the content talked about the quality of water should be consumed. "Explain what is human right to have access to water and we here, not have that right to truth, It puts me in a damn good situation. Students began to question more often in recent months ", he said, who teaches all subjects of the school curriculum and teaches classes for 140 Children Village Darcy, along with five other nearby communities.

In Vila Darcy most inhabitants work in guarana crops. The marketing of the fruit generates income for more than a thousand families directly. In the heat of an average 40 ° C in plantations, farmers drink water “pigtail” in a towel, when they do not come within the forest looking for a waterhole. "Now we take water arriving on tap to take in the countryside", explains guarana producer Erivan Costa.

no country, the proportion of the population without access to water exceeds 20%. In the big cities 68% the water reaches the faucet is wasted, according to the Instituto Trata Brazil. The contrast reflects the picture of the reality of Darcy village bordering. "Each family is wasting water will pay a fine of $ 20", Faria says Jousanate, FAS coordinator who acts in riverside communities.

supply systems

The movement that brings water to the Amazon bordering offers three basic models of supply. The direct capture system River; artesian well the system and treatment ultraviola (UVB) and the hybrid system of collection and treatment UVB, which is the case of Vila Darcy community. On Sustainable Development Reserve (Reserve) Rio Negro, distant 30 kilometers from Manaus, for example, is artesian well pump which is powered by solar energy and available water receives treatment with ultraviolet light, that the microbiological contamination free water.

In Catua Ipixuna technology was tested for water purification that is to 400 liters of water per hour using solar and battery, disinfecting contaminated water by rivers of germs, lakes and streams, by ultraviolet radiation type C, preventing diseases such as diarrhea and hepatitis A. From the capital to the Reserve are 340 km.

In the communities of the Purus RDS Piagaçu, distant 50 kilometers from Manaus, They were implanted wells supplemented by shared use of the water distribution network, allowing the permanent availability of water, even during drought, besides avoiding direct consumption of water from surface water sources.

Brazilian Portrait

Only in 2017, the Northern Region had 44.984 cases of hospitalizations associated with poor sanitation, that resulted in 198 deaths, and 30 of them children under 4 years. The study was published by the Sanitation Panel Brazil.

The country has an extremely poor sanitation system, near 35 million Brazilians do not have access to clean water, more than 100 million without sewage collection, only 45% are treated sewage and 38% of drinking water is lost in distribution systems.

Today, water and sewage coverage in the North is the lowest in Brazil. Only 57,3% the entire northern population has access to water, 10,2% It has sewage collection and only 17,4% the sewage is treated, attacking the immense Amazon biome and endangering the environment of the region. Out all, water losses reach 55,1% according to the Instituto Trata Brazil.

Na última semana, Governor Wilson Lima announced that it will ensure the next two years to achieve investment 100% of drinking water supply in Maués. The government hopes to benefit more than four thousand families in the municipality. The announcement was made during the inauguration of Lagoa da Maresia, one of the areas benefited in the works package of the Integrated Sanitation Program of Maués (ProsaiMaués).

Water + Access

The alliance Water + Access exists from 2017 and gathers 15 organizations. It basically acts presenting and implementing self-sustainable model solutions in more than 241 communities located in rural areas 8 no country states. Led by Coca-Cola Brazil Institute, the program has benefited more than 77 a thousand people. In addition to the Instituto Coca-Cola Brazil, part of the initiative the Institute Igua, Avina Foundation, a World-Transforming Technologies (WTT) and the Instituto Trata Brazil, as support organizations, as well as nine social organizations with extensive operations in communities served regions: SISTER-CE, SISAR PI, Associations Center (BA) Health and Happiness Project (PA), Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (AM), Caritas Fishing (ON), ABES-ES, ASPROC (AM) e CPCD (MG).

Until December 2019, the program's goal is to impact 3 new communities of the Maués city with supply and water treatment systems, directly benefiting 100 new families and about 500 people in these communities.